Subaru sports car
2nd March, 2011
Subaru has unveiled a technology display of a rear-wheel
drive sports car platform at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show (3rd-13th March. The new model is developed in
conjunction with Toyota.
The front-engine, rear-wheel drive lay out offers a low centre of gravity and can be matched with a
compact and light weight body, and short wheelbase to produce crisp handling.
The sports car is expected to be released in the northern spring 2012.
At the centre of the exhibit is Subaruís Boxer engine. Its light weight, compact size and low centre
of gravity equates to driving excitement Ė an aim of the sports car.
A high level of driving stability and remarkable handling are ensured by use of the Boxer.
In the technology display at Geneva, Subaruís Boxer engine is set back further towards the centre of
the chassis. This would enable a low-profile sports car body and driving position.
Considerable work has gone into the chassis development. Rather than simply developing a frame and
body that focuses purely on speed, development has produced a chassis that delivers a sporty driving
experience and ride, and stable drivability, offering driver confidence.
The Boxer sports car architecture does not depend solely on engine power output Ė instead it achieves
the fundamental characteristics of a rear-wheel drive sports car, delivering sporty performance and
agile response from its short wheelbase.
Subaruís distinctive suspension set-up has been used, incorporating struts at the front, and a
double-wishbone lay out at the rear, to provide outstanding stability and control.
Short front and rear overhangs reduce any yaw moment of inertia and provide a higher level of
stability, control and handling.
The RWD sports carís platform technology adds a completely new package to complement Subaruís existing
All-Wheel Drive platform.
Major Specifications of Boxer sports car architecture:
Body size (Overall: Length x Width x Height): 4,200 x 1,770 x 1,270 mm
Wheelbase: 2,570 mm
Engine: 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four cylinder horizontally-opposed Boxer engine
Tyre size: 215/45R17